Helping During the Holidays

December 20, 2017
PA students Class of 2019 donate to the Salvation Army December 2017

Students in the Master of Physician Assistant Studies Class of 2019 supported the Salvation Army in Dorchester and Lowell. Front Row: Maryam Awan, Savannah Marcelino, Maria Vardaro, Christina Hacking, Courtney Brown, Catherine Dam, Nicole Mason, Jackson Lindsay, Selina Batchanoo. Back Row: Ilaria Mastroserio, Kelly Wisniewski, Shannon Swenson, Zoe Warren, Sean Doherty. Not Pictured: Brittany Palaski, Stephen Gunning, Amy Hood Shultz, Rachid Chakri, Theresa Vela, Anh Phung, Ashley Anderson.

Students and employees make the season a little brighter for those in need.

MGH Institute of Health Professions supported several charities in Charlestown and throughout Greater Boston during the 2017 holiday season. The organizations supported were:

  • The Welcome Home Initiative, Constitution Inn YMCA, Charlestown Navy Yard. Faculty and staff raised over $2,800 to support the initiative, which includes collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Veterans’ Services and the US Veterans Administration. The initiative provides a free, full-year membership at any YMCA of Greater Boston branch to veterans who have served in Iraq or Afghanistan since 9/11/01 and who have service-related injuries. Sponsored by the Office of the President.
  • The Harvard-Kent Elementary School, Charlestown. Faculty and staff donated more than 200 new toys and books during its annual holiday party. Sponsored by the Office of the President.
  • Harvest on Vine Food Pantry, Charlestown. More than 300 items of non-perishable food items were donated to the non-profit housed at Saint Mary-Saint Catherine of Siena Parish, which serves Charlestown residents regardless of race, religion, or way of life. Sponsored by the Student Government Association and the IHP Acts of Service Club.
  • Charlestown Chamber of Commerce. The Institute sponsored holiday wreaths displayed on street poles lights along Main Street and Bunker Hill Street in Charlestown. Sponsored by the Office of Strategic Communications.
  • Ronald McDonald House, Charlestown; Cradles to Crayons, Transitions of Boston, and More Than Words, Boston. More than 280 books were collected and distributed to several sites that participate each year in the MGH Institute’s Community IMPACT Day. Sponsored by the Office of the Provost.
  • Community Servings, Boston. The Institute community raised $845 through the non-profit’s Pie in the Sky bake sale. Ninety percent of the proceeds go to help feed critically ill and homebound residents in Eastern Massachusetts. Sponsored by the Staff Council Community Service Committee.
  • The Home for Little Wanderers, Boston. Dozens of new toys from the Institute's annual Angel Tree Drive were donated and sent to the non-profit organization which helps more than 7,000 individuals each year. Sponsored by the Staff Council Community Service Committee.
  • Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless, Boston. For the 25th consecutive year, employees volunteered to gift wrap presents at the CambridgeSide Galleria to support the coalition's A Bed for Every Child initiative. Sponsored by the Staff Council Community Service Committee.
  • Boston Crossroads Family Center, East Boston. Students helped fight hunger at the Annual Turkey Distribution Day, which provided more than 100+ whole turkeys and all the fixings to neighborhood residents. Sponsored by the IHP Acts of Service Club.
  • Salvation Army, Dorchester and Lowell. Students in the Master of Physician Assistant Studies Class of 2019 supported 25 families—including a family of Dreamers—by donating and collecting more than 100 gifts and several hundred dollars.
  • Movember Foundation, California. Thirteen Doctor of Physical Therapy male students grew moustaches and collected close to $1,000 to raise awareness of men's cancer research and mental health during the annual Movember initiative in November.
  • A Million Thanks, California. Students, faculty, and staff wrote holiday cards that were sent to troops serving both abroad and at home, as well as those who have been injured and are in hospitals. Sponsored by the Physician Assistant Student Society and OSAS – the Office of Student and Alumni Services.

“The generosity displayed by our students, staff, and faculty is truly outstanding,” said MGH Institute President Paula Milone-Nuzzo. “I am so proud of their efforts that represent the many ways the MGH Institute supports those in need in Charlestown and throughout Greater Boston."